North Cedar News

One of the benefits of a small school district is that we can immerse ourselves in our community of learners. Get to know the movers and shakers in the North Cedar Community School District! Our News page is chock full of student and staff praise, helpful tips, and information about what’s new in the district.

Science For Chickens

There are high pitched peeps coming from Ms. Dispensa’s junior high science room. The students are studying life cycles, so they have an assortment of terrariums, aquariums, and cages. In the back corner is a cage with four different breeds of chicks. 

The junior high students are currently studying milkweed bugs, but they take a very long time to progress through their stages of life, so they thought chickens would be easier and faster to observe. Ms. Dispensa got the chicks from Thiessen's in Tiffin. The first thing on the agenda was to name the chicks. Ms. Dispensa had her class vote on names for the chicks. They decided on Claudia, Twinkie, Hershey, and Bandit. Her classes have been learning about populations and ecosystems this semester. “Every Friday we write one observation per class period for one of our chickens,” comments Ms. Dispensa. There are such drastic changes week to week that students practice making scientific observations while also learning to take care of the chickens and keep them alive,” Ms. Dispensa said. With animals being the main focus of their unit, populations and ecosystems, her classes will get to observe the chickens grow. They will then be writing a lab write up about what each student specifically took away from the ongoing investigation of the chickens.

Some of the students wanted to take the chickens home with them at the end of the year or when they outgrew their cage. With guardian permission, students are on a list to take a chicken home with them! “I like having chicks in the classroom because after we are done with our work then we might get to play with them,” says Jenna Syring, an 8th grader. 

Ms. Dispensa said, “Some students gravitate towards them more than others. I am very surprised how some students have stepped up to either help build an extension of our coop outside of class or volunteered to clean the cage. I am very proud of how well my students have taken on this responsibility and how caring they are for the chickens!”

A special thank you Kayla Paup, freshman yearbook student, for writing this article and to Tracey Dispensa, junior high science teacher, for taking the photos.

Photo: Milo Easterly, 8th grader, is holding Claudia his favorite chick. "I really enjoy the chicks because it shows their everyday life."

Our Spring Play is Here!
Be sure to mark your calendar for our spring play, "Dastardly Deeds at Yoursin Mine!" You can attend our performances on April 8 at 7:00 p.m. or April 9 at 2:00 p.m. Please view our play flyer for more information.
Babysitting Basics

Do you have a child, at least nine years old, looking to earn some extra income this summer with a babysitting job? Help them be prepared by attending Babysitting Basics! This course is geared for the beginner babysitter. They will learn first aid, how to respond to safety hazards, how to change a diaper, age appropriate games, and easy meal ideas.

The class is Thursday, April 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Cedar County Center in Tipton. This is a one-session class, and the cost is $25. Class size is limited to twelve students, so register by April 5 by calling (563) 886-2950.

St. Patrick's Day Shenanigans

Silly McGilly is a leprechaun that visits preschool every year. We have yet to catch him, but it is not for a lack of trying. The students made amazing traps at home that we set up in the classroom. He left us treats and played tricks on us too. There was a special juice that only children can drink and a warning label that says it will turn an adult’s feet green if they drink it. Well the teachers did not listen, and there were lots of green feet at North Cedar! 

Strengthening Families

The Cedar County Extension Office is starting a new session of their Strengthening Families program, going from March 26 until May 7, and they are in need of families. If you are interested in attending, please contact the extension office at (563) 886.6157. 

This is an evidenced based program that has shown:

  • Youth attending the program had significantly lower rates of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use compared to control youth.
  • Youth attending the program had significantly fewer conduct problems in school than youth in the control group.
  • Parents showed gains in specific parenting skills, including setting appropriate limits and building a positive relationship with their youth.
  • Parents showed an increase in positive feelings towards their child.
  • Parents show gains on general child management, including setting rules and following through with consequences.
  • Parents increase skills in general child management, such as effectively monitoring youth and having appropriate and consistent discipline.

For registration information, please view our flyer.

Painted Lady Caterpillars

Second grade students at Mechanicsville and Lowden recently received their painted lady caterpillars! They are so excited to share the news that their caterpillars are becoming chrysalis. Now the waiting begins to see the beautiful butterflies emerge. A huge thank you goes out to the North Cedar KCO for their donation, allowing each student to have his or her very own caterpillars!

View more photos about the painted lady caterpillars.
Nonstandard Units for Measurement

Mrs. Rouse's first grade class recently used nonstandard units while measuring in math. The kids used the units to measure their desks and chairs. Check out these students hard at work!

View more photos about Mrs. Rouse's first grade class activity
Microsoft Imagine Academy

North Cedar has teamed up with Microsoft Imagine Academy to provide students with hands-on experience with the latest Microsoft technology to help them gain a competitive edge in today’s job market or the next step in their academics. Students will have the opportunity to earn industry recognized certifications. One of the many academic areas that can earn certifications is through Mrs. Koch's computer business applications and intermediate computer business applications courses. Here students can take the following Microsoft exams: 2016 Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, OneNote, and Outlook. There are three levels to the exams they can achieve, specialist, expert, and master. To learn more about the program, watch the Imagine Academy video and visit the Microsoft Imagine Academy website.

North Cedar is proud to announce sophomore Carly Montz as our first student to pass a Microsoft certification exam. She is now certified as a Microsoft office specialist in Word 2016. Congratulations, Carly!

Science Class Welcomes Pet Chicks

Ms. Dispensa's high school science classes recently welcomed their new pet chicks. We are so excited to watch them grow!

Pennies for Patients

Mrs. Montz's fourth grade class raised $118.65 for Pennies for Patients. In February, students brought in their extra change. This fundraiser supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The money goes for research and provides information to support patients through their cancer journey. For their generosity, the class earned a pizza party!